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FCW : September 30, 2016
6 171 42 9 13 20 21 22 18 3419 25 56 THE2O16FEDERALLIST regulations, bureaucracy and politics, things take twice as long to accomplish in government as what one can expect in the private sector. Learning Tree and former DHS CIO agency head. 8 Patience: Due to September 30, 2016 FCW.COM Never get more publicity than your — Frank McDonough, former GSA executive general’s office is second-guessing you. It is. Treat every decision as if the inspector — Roger Baker, former VA CIO and Agilex executive ON BUDGET AND MONEY MATTERS 23 MCDONOUGH’S RULE: Treat legacy system modernization as you would a bear in the woods during mating season. — FRANK MCDONOUGH, FORMER GSA EXECUTIVE in perspective. When asked about how the budget/ Always keep the budget battles appropriations process was going, my then-boss always used to say, “Worse than last year. But not as bad as next year.” — Alan Balutis, a distinguished fellow and senior director at Cisco Systems and former Commerce Department CIO 24 25 today. This year’s budget is already spent, and next year’s is already committed. — Roger Baker, former VA CIO and Agilex executive management office examiner as if he or she is both your friend Work with your OMB resource and your foe. Examiners require continual contact and the truth about program and operations status. Do not lie to your examiners. Much like your mother, they always find out the truth, and career RMO examiners can make or break a policy decision. — Kathleen Turco, former chief financial officer at the Veterans Health Administration and GSA executive Start work on your yearthree budget — Richard Spires, CEO of The Rule of BRAY’S DISTINCTION: Leadership differs from management because management is about meeting expectations and leadership is about stepping outside of and often exceeding expectations. — DAVID BRAY, FCC CIO
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